In September and October, AP team members in the Chicago and Boston areas got together to volunteer with Cradles to Crayons to serve children in need. This month it was the Philadelphia teams’ turn to support the organization and give back to our community.
On Wednesday, December 14th, ten AP team members met up at Cradles to Crayons’ Greater Philadelphia hub where we were tasked with sorting children’s clothing by gender, size, season and type. We also created “clothing packs” that include 1 weeks’ worth of clothing for newborn babies.
In Greater Philadelphia, more than 300,000 children live in poverty. In fact, Philadelphia is ranked #2 for poverty and has the highest rate of deep poverty – people with incomes below half of the poverty line – of any of the nation’s 10 most populous cities.
Cradles to Crayons’ “Packs” – KidPacks and Backpacks – include basic items children ages 0-12 need to thrive, such as clothing, warm coats, footwear, toys, books, school supplies, newborn baby items and infant safety equipment. The items are contributed by families, corporations, schools and community partners who conduct product collections in their neighborhoods.
In addition to volunteering at our local Cradles to Crayons hub, the AP team also donated a $500 gift card to their fund.
Coming together as a team to support such an inspiring and caring organization was incredibly meaningful to all of us. It was an honor to help them help kids in need.
If you’re in the Greater Philadelphia and you’d like to support this wonderful organization, check out their list of most needed items for kids, including urgent and recurring needs.
Thank you to the Cradles to Crayons team for all that you do to support kids and families in our community and for letting us be a part of your mission.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill